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Rev Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: *but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”.*
(Daniel 11:32).

There is a difference between belief and knowledge when it comes to our relationship with God. Belief is a starting point, but it’s through knowledge and understanding that we can really begin to deepen that relationship.

It’s not just about following rules or dogma, but about developing a personal connection with God. It’s about cultivating a relationship that is deep and meaningful, rather than just going through the motion.

There is a profound difference between belief and knowledge when it comes https://sermons.love/kenneth-copeland/4752-kenneth-copeland-putting-the-force-of-faith-to-work-in-ministry.html to our relationship with God.

While belief is a starting point, it is through knowledge and understanding that we can truly begin to deepen our relationship with the divine.

The Bible teaches us that *“those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits”*
(Daniel 11:32).
But what does it mean to truly “know” God, and how does this knowledge translate into strength and power in our lives?

Saul was the king of Israel, but he was known for his human weakness and lack of faith. David, on the other hand, was a shepherd boy who became a great warrior and king. What made the difference between these two men?

It was David’s personal relationship with God. He sought God’s guidance and trusted in Him, even when things were difficult. In this way, he was able to overcome great obstacles and achieve great things.

We see throughout the Bible that those who seek to know God on a personal level are the ones who experience His strength and power in their lives. It’s not enough to simply believe in God or follow religious rules and rituals.

Rather, we must actively pursue a relationship with Him, just as David did. We must be willing to trust Him, even when things are difficult, and we must seek His guidance in all aspects of our lives.

Daniel and his friends demonstrated their faith and trust in God, even when they faced death in the fiery furnace.

In Daniel 3, we read about how the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, ordered everyone to worship a golden idol. Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused to worship the idol and were thrown into the furnace.

*“There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.*
*Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.*
*Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?*Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?*
*Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.*
*If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.*
*But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”*
Daniel 3:12-18

But God protected them, and they emerged unharmed. This is a powerful example of how our faith can be tested, but it can also lead to miracles and triumph over adversity.

Not only that, the three Hebrews Children ended up making the Babylonians to serve their own God instead of the other way round.

We can also see how deep is their intimate relationship with God is by their answer, it shows that their faith was not merely intellectual, but it was based on a deep, personal relationship with God.

They knew that God was powerful and could save them, but they were willing to trust Him even if He didn’t intervene in the way they hoped.

Their faith was not dependent on a specific outcome, but on their trust in God’s character and goodness. This is a profound example of what it means to truly know God.

In Psalm 103:7  the Psalmist said: *“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”* Here the psalmist makes the distinction between God’s “ways” and His “acts.” His “ways” refer to His character and nature, while His “acts” refer to His supernatural intervention in the world.

Moses had a deep, intimate relationship with God and knew His ways, while the Israelites saw only His acts.

This is a profound lesson for us today. We can experience God’s power through His supernatural acts, but we can also know Him on a much deeper level by seeking to understand His character and ways.

Moses was a very unique figure in the Bible. He was the one who led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. But the Israelites were often faithless and disobedient, even after all the miracles they had seen.

For example, they grumbled and complained in the wilderness, despite the manna and water that God provided for them. They also worshiped the golden calf, even after God had delivered them from Egypt.
In contrast, Moses was faithful and obedient. He was willing to trust God, even when it was difficult.

Let’s start with one of Moses’ most famous acts of faith: the crossing of the Red Sea. Exodus 14:13-14 says, *“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.'”* This is a powerful example of Moses’ trust in God, even in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

In Numbers 13:33, the Israelites sent out 12 spies to explore the Promised Land. When they return, they say, *“We can’t attack those people; they are stronger6 than we are.”*

But Caleb, one of the spies, responds, *“We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”* This is a perfect example of how the Israelites often doubted God’s ability to lead them and provide for them, while Caleb, on the other hand, had faith in God’s ability to give them victory because of his intimate knowledge of God.

The deepest, most transformational blessings of faith come from a deep, personal relationship with God.

The surface-level blessings, like healings, signs, and wonders, are great, but they’re just the “breadcrumbs” compared to the feast of knowing God on a deeper level.

If you want to experience the power of an intimate relationship with God, we encourage you to spend time in prayers, reading and studying the Bible.

As you learn more about God’s character, his love for you, and his promises, you will be able to experience a deeper level of faith and trust in Him.

In conclusion, the Bible tells us that those who know God are powerful and capable of incredible things. But this power and capability comes not from our own strength or abilities, but from our relationship with God. As we seek to know Him more deeply, we will find ourselves growing in faith, hope, and love. We will be able to face challenges with courage and perseverance, knowing that God is with us every step of the way. Let’s commit to knowing God more deeply and seeing what “exploits” He has in store for us.



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